Public Law

Kingsley Napley’s dedicated public law team brings together extensive specialist experience advising individuals, businesses and public bodies on all types of public law issues.

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Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters.

Legal 500 UK 2017

We are a leading public law team in the UK, consistently top-ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500, and recognised for our “exceptional capabilities and enormous strengths” (Chambers UK, 2016).

Our team has over twenty-five years of experience acting in the most significant challenges to, and inquiries into, the activities of government and public bodies, acting for individuals (including senior professionals and public figures), corporations and business groups, charities and pressure groups, as well as public bodies themselves.

Whether you are contemplating or defending a judicial review challenge, appearing before a public inquiry, major inquest or select committee, or concerned about protecting personal information, we understand you have wider interests at stake, be it organisational, financial, commercial, reputational or human rights.

As one of the only dedicated public law teams in the country, we rapidly get to the heart of the issue, providing realistic advice so that you can confidently navigate the bigger picture, as well as the litigation or inquiry at hand.

Our team is led by the ‘simply exceptional’ Adam Chapman who before joining Kingsley Napley was a senior public law litigator in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, acting for central government departments, senior public figures, alongside other public bodies in the most sensitive and high profile judicial review cases, inquiries and related litigation.

What our clients and directories said

"Client service has been good, always with a quick turnaround to requests for advice. They are responsive and have a good understanding of client needs."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

"A real diversity of work. They benefit from experience acting for individuals, companies and public bodies, which gives them a depth and gravitas that sets them apart. Also, they are very friendly and down to earth individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2013

Stephen Parkinson is an "extremely astute and enormously experienced" former government lawyer who is considered to be one of the leading public law solicitors in the country.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013


Public Law Comment

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Kingsley Napley's Public Law team successfully challenge the Lord Chancellor on legal aid reform

Local Government Chronicle: The lessons councils must learn from the Francis report

PRESS RELEASE: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

The chilling effect of the Freedom of Information Act 2000: How real is it?

Targeted financial sanctions: what if the target is wrong?

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The EU-US Privacy Shield – One Year On and Still Going Strong

Legal Update: NGOs win challenge to Aarhus costs caps

Uber’s apology considered by Kingsley Napley

TfL finds Uber no-longer ‘fit and proper’ to operate in London

Block chain: Is the GDPR out of date already?

The Coroner’s decision is (almost always) final: the Court’s approach to judicial review of inquest proceedings

The special constitutional importance of judicial review may demand a distinctive approach to the recovery of litigation costs, but will the latest recommendations be taken forward?

A challenge to the lawfulness of export licences allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia has been rejected

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

Will legislating for Brexit be almost as testing for the new minority government as the forthcoming negotiations?

Brexit: what the Government (whoever forms it) needs to do now

Legal update: court is left unconvinced by ‘Purdah’ argument in judicial review proceedings

When can the High Court quash a police force’s crime-recording decision?

More to do on cyber-security: half of UK businesses suffer cyber-security breach

Data Protection – even MORE practical guidance from recent case law on subject access requests

Politics interrupts Brexit? Theresa May calls for an early election

Further chinks in the armour? EU-US Privacy Shield and the concerns of MEPs

Budget 2017 – 35 “New” ways to tackle tax avoidance and evasion

High Court underlines the importance of independence and speed in handling complaints

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” - the Government reveals further details about Brexit

The Brexit ruling - did the Supreme Court get it right?

The Brexit ruling - summary of the decision of the majority

Entrepreneurs and small businesses need to prepare now for the new data protection regime

The Supreme Court hands down judgment in the Brexit litigation – an Act of Parliament is required to invoke Article 50

To what extent is an appellate disciplinary tribunal entitled to interfere with a finding made by a panel of first instance when that finding is predicated on primarily hearsay evidence

What is the role of an investigator; should they make findings? A case summary

What role should personal mitigation play in disciplinary proceedings where a police officer is found to have committed gross misconduct?

The first challenges to the EU-US Privacy Shield

Data Protection Regulation blog series

Coming clean on data security breaches

Public law challenges and the Great Repeal Bill

The availability of judicial review against bodies exercising “public functions”

Doctors’ privacy rights: GMC wrong to disclose information to patient

EU-US Privacy Shield

UK: ICO guidance confirms "GDPR firmly on Brexit agenda"

Further update: EU-US Privacy Shield

April Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

New Information Commissioner announced

March Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

Information Commissioner calls for stronger sentencing powers

"EU-US Privacy Shield” – a Safe Harbour mark II

EU Data Protection Regulation: Here at last…well, nearly!

A bitter pill: Hard lessons learnt by online pharmacy fined for selling customer data

Judicial review reform: False assumptions replaced by objective research

Fun and games, but not a sport - judicial review action determines bridge’s status

Google Spain redux – removing search engine links to stories about removing search engine links

Effective data security: The time to act is now

Information law update: Subject access requests and the dilemma for data controllers

'Reform' of judicial review – The bandwagon trundles on

Website hacking: Ashley Madison users left wondering who they can trust

Exceptional Case Funding: safety net or fig leaf?

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